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Standing Room Only – The Be More Awards Honor Local Volunteers

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On April 28th, the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network honored local volunteers for their exceptional commitment to community service at the Be More Awards. Awards were given in ten categories covering education and literacy, health & wellness, arts and culture, environmental sustainability, animal welfare, youth, groups or families, service as a board member, college student involvment, and lifetime service. Honorees received a commemorative plaque from Mayor Mark Cruzan and a $500 check from the Community Foundation for the charitable organization they serve.

Public Continues Discussion of Kirkwood Criminal Activity in City Council Chambers

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A standing-room-only crowd gathered last night in the Bloomington City Council chambers to discuss recent concerns over crime on Kirkwood Avenue. The forum was a response to the owners of Nick’s English Hut and other downtown businesses who have complained about panhandling, drug use and other behaviors they say are bad for business. City Council member Steve Volan hosted the event. Volan says two different groups, students and the homeless, tend to be the subject of most complaints.

Volan invited Bloomington Human Rights Commission member Byron Bangert, Decarcerate Monroe County member Erin Marshall and Nick’s English Hut owner Susan Bright to speak. Bright is responsible for beginning the public discussion about downtown behavior last week. She sent a letter to local businesses titled “Bum Commerce” on Kirkwood. Last night, Bright apologized for using the word “bum”. But she suggested new legislation to target panhandlers.

Many at the forum said too much negative attention has been focused on homeless and impoverished residents. Marshall, from Decarcerate Monroe County, asked concerned citizens to examine what makes them fearful or upset about certain behaviors.

Several members of the audience made comments or asked questions of the panelists. Sam Frushour says he often walks around town because he is unable to drive.

Another speaker was a man named Rob, who says he is currently homeless. He had two suggestions for dealing with the issues downtown.

Volan told the group it would take more than simply the city government to address the issues businesspeople have mentioned. He pointed out that the County government, the state and Indiana University all set policies that affect downtown Bloomington.

An Afternoon of Direct Animation this Saturday

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The local experimental media group, Burroughs Century Limited, is hosting an Afternoon of Direct Animation this Saturday. The event invites participants to draw designs onto sixteen millimeter film, and then see their art projected as a motion picture film. The event is free, however donations will help pay for the group’s Wounded Galaxy festival, taking place in October. The 5-day festival will bring guest lectures, film screenings, music shows, and more, hosted in venues throughout town. The festival will showcase local and visiting artists. Correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with IU Professor Joan Hawkins to get a greater understanding of the festival and the Burroughs Century Group.

Daily Local News – June 11, 2015

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Governor Mike Pence took out a full-page advertisement in the Wall Street Journal yesterday to invite companies in Connecticut to move their businesses to Indiana to avoid tax increases in the near future; The South Central Indiana Human Resources Association has recognized the City of Bloomington as its 2015 Employer of the Year; The Ellettsville town council heard a progress update on the Heritage Trail project on Monday night; A standing-room-only crowd gathered last night in the Bloomington City Council chambers to discuss recent concerns over crime on Kirkwood Avenue.

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The local experimental media group, Burroughs Century Limited, is hosting an Afternoon of Direct Animation this Saturday. The event invites participants to draw designs onto sixteen millimeter film, and then see their art projected as a motion picture film. The event is free, however donations will help pay for the group’s Wounded Galaxy festival, taking place in October. The 5-day festival will bring guest lectures, film screenings, music shows, and more, hosted in venues throughout town. The festival will showcase local and visiting artists. Correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with IU Professor Joan Hawkins to get a greater understanding of the festival and the Burroughs Century Group.

VOICES IN THE STREET
WFHB’s weekly public opinion feature.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey and Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Kara Tullman
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Better Beware – Weight Loss

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Two-thirds of American adults (and way too many kids) need to lose weight, and there are more scammers working this field than perhaps any other. So called “miracle” products are ALL phony!

“I Need Help” – Voices of Kirkwood

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Over the past week, the owners of Nick’s English Hut in Bloomington have led a group of businesses in downtown Bloomington voicing concern about crime along Kirkwood Avenue. The issue sparked controversy on social media after Nick’s co-owner Susan Bright referred to “bum commerce” in the area. At a meeting at Nick’s last Wednesday, many businesspeople urged the police to arrest downtown visitors who use drugs or commit other petty crime in public. One of the main complaints has been about panhandling. For today’s WFHB community report, News Director Joe Crawford spoke with three residents who routinely ask for money along Kirkwood Avenue.

Daily Local News – June 9, 2015

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George Huntington, the long-time general manager for Bloomingfoods Cooperative Market and Deli, resigned yesterday; After 8 years in business, Rachael’s Cafe has announced it will be closing on Saturday, June 27th; Indiana University alumni began voting for a new university trustee last week; Interstate 69 construction is causing occasional road closures in the Bloomington area; Bedford will be celebrating the outdoors on June 20th with “Get Outdoors Day” in Murray Forest Park.

FEATURE
Over the past week, the owners of Nick’s English Hut in Bloomington have led a group of businesses in downtown Bloomington voicing concern about crime along Kirkwood Avenue. The issue sparked controversy on social media after Nick’s co-owner Susan Bright referred to “bum commerce” in the area. At a meeting at Nick’s last Wednesday, many businesspeople urged the police to arrest downtown visitors who use drugs or commit other petty crime in public. One of the main complaints has been about panhandling. For today’s WFHB community report, News Director Joe Crawford spoke with three residents who routinely ask for money along Kirkwood Avenue.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
What’s with these Ins & Outs of Money radio segments, anyhow? They’re part of the It’s Your Money project at Monroe County Public Library, which is all about helping you hang on to your cash. Hear more about what IYM is, and why you need the free, unbiased money smarts it offers.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Kyle Boen and Ivy Bridges
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Ins and Outs of Money – The It’s Your Money Project: Behind the Scenes

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What’s with these Ins & Outs of Money radio segments, anyhow? They’re part of the It’s Your Money project at Monroe County Public Library, which is all about helping you hang on to your cash. Hear more about what IYM is, and why you need the free, unbiased money smarts it offers.

Firehouse Sessions – Hot Rize

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Hot Rize stopped by WFHB to play a live set on their way to headlining the John Hartford Memorial Festival in Bean Blossom. Hot Rize includes Nick Forster, the host of e-Town, the nationally syndicated program which airs on WFHB Sundays at 6pm.

Tim O’Brien – mandolin and vocals
Nick Forster – bass and vocals
Brian Sutton – guitar and vocals
Pete Wernick – banjo and vocals

SONGS
“Western Skies”
“Blue Has Fallen”
“I Am The Road”

Firehouse Session host: Jim Manion
Engineered by Dan ‘Dano’ Withered
Produced by Katie Moulton
Executive Producer Jim Manion

Standing Room Only – Women in Media: Challenges and Triumphs

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It’s the last day of class for students in J200, the Indiana University School of Journalism’s introductory course on writing and reporting.  The nearly all-female student body gathers to hear from a panel of inspirational figures in local media and communications.  Four women, all excelling in their field, share stores of challenge and triumph:  2015 College Photographer of the Year Caitlin O’Hara, freelance journalist and former WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh, Director of Communications and Special Projects at the IU Office of the Provost Jennife Piurek and veteran newspaper editor Andrea Murray.  The panelists share stories of challenge and triumph; dealing with inequity and injustice, professional goals and persistence, and advice for aspiring journalists.  “Women in Media: Challenges and Triumphs” – a WFHB exclusive moderated by course instructor Chad Carrothers and recorded on-location in Ernie Pyle Hall on April 30, 2015.

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